5 Fabulous Holiday Events Your Family Will Love

The Dallas/Fort Worth has so many festive ways to celebrate the season. From a ICE at the Gaylord Hotel in Grapevine to  A Christmas Story – The Musical, at the Dallas Summer Musicals, you and your family can enjoy the colors, sights and sounds of Christmas all around the DFW area.

Here are 5 Fabulous DFW Christmas Events Your Family Will Love:

ICE! featuring Frosty the Snowman

Gaylord Texan Ice - FrostyNovember 13 – January 3
The Gaylord Texan- Grapeviine, TX

Join Frosty, everyone’s favorite snowman, and his friends on their quest to the North Pole in a colorfully frozen retelling of this original Christmas classic at ICE! Favorite scenes come to life in more than TWO MILLION pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures featuring Frosty the Snowman, including two-story tall ice slides! Enjoy a new bonus area – The Frostbite Factory – and watch masterful ice carvers from Harbin, China up close as they create amazing sculptures before your eyes.

The awe-inspiring ICE! Experience concludes with the wonder and majesty of the Nativity in ice. Purchase an ICE! Fast Pass at the box office for just $15 per person plus tax. The Fast Pass includes front of the line access, a character meet and greet and yummy hot cocoa. For more information about ICE!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reineer

Sunday, December 15, 2019
1:00 and 5:00 pm 
Winsear Opera House

Based on the beloved animated television classic  and the stage production, Rudolph the Red‐Nosed Reindeer this live action musical soars  onto the Winsperar’s stagein December. It’s an adventure that teaches all of us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.

Tickets are available for the 1:00 and 5:00 pm performances. Visit attpac.com order your tickets.

The Trains at NorthPark

NorthPark  Center
Through January 4

Visit the most elaborate toy trains exhibit in Texas, The Trains at NorthPark includes trains rolling across 1,600 feet of track on a journey across America. Cityscapes include downtown Dallas, with the beautiful Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the State Fair of Texas and the Cotton Bowl; New York City’s Times Square and Grand Central Terminal; Washington, D.C. with The White House; the Grand Canyon, Route 66, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and various other highlights.

The exhibit encompasses more than 4,000 square feet of train themed environments, with all the trimmings of the holiday train travel experience—steam engine and coach cars, a ticket booth and a train station as well as interactive features.

For more information, please visit: The Trains of Northpark.

Cost at Exhibit: Tickets are available at the door:
Adults: $7 | Child/Senior: $3 (ages 2 – 12) and SR (age 65+)
Children under 2 admitted FREE
*Discount tickets are available at Tom Thumb ($1.00 off regular admission)

Holiday at the Arboretum

Dallas arboretum xmas 2019

Dallas Arboretum
Through December 31

You and your family will delight in the festive decorations at the DeGolyer Estate, take a stroll through the gardens to view seasonal plantings, and enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities.

Thousands visit the Arboretum each winter to enjoy the sparkling interior decor of the historic DeGolyer Estate. 2014 will feature the outdoor exhibition, The 12 Days of Christmas. This exhibit will consist of a Victorian collection of three-dimensional, life-size gazebos filled with the charming characters made famous in the old carol.

The Twelve Days of Christmas exhibit will be playful, but with the careful attention to design and detail that visitors have come to expect from the Dallas Arboretum. Please visit www.dallasarboretum.org  for more information and ticket pricing.

Six Flags Over Texas Holiday in the Park

Through January 6, 2015

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Texas is filled with enchanting experiences to help create those special family fun outings during this magical time of the year. The breathtaking winter wonderland features a variety of delightful and interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit.

Gather with your loved ones to enjoy sparkling lights, glamorous decorations, festive scents and seasonal treats, playful activities, hair-raising rides, and heartwarming shows. Mobility and disability guidelines for certain rides and attractions have recently changed.

Please view the Guide to Rides & Attractions online for more information regarding ride access, height restrictions & special requirements.

For more great holiday events, deals and attractions, follow Concierge Connection on Twitter: @BigDConcierge  #DFWChirstmas

Dallas Arboretum Hosts Family Fun Festivities in October

Family Fun Weekend: October 26 – 27    

dallas arboretum pumpkin patch

The Dallas Arboretum invites you and your family to partake in Family Fun Weekend during Autumn at the Arboretum on October 26 and 27. You wil enjoy strolling through the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village and surrounding displays featuring 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash and breathtaking fall color throughout the 66-acre garden. 

Dallas Arboretum Pumpkin Village

Themed It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” the Pumpkin Village includes a ‘Great Pumpkin’ topiary; Linus, Sally and Franklin topiaries looking through the pumpkin patch; Snoopy and Woodstock topiaries atop his dog house; Lucy giving garden advice at her booth; a Schroeder topiary standing near his giant topiary piano and more. 

You can trick-or-treat throughout the gardens, decorate pumpkins, get their faces painted, pet animals in the petting zoo and listen to live music all weekend long. On Saturday, October 26, enjoy a live performance from The Berkner Ramblers at noon in the Entry Plaza and a performance by TBA Band, a Dallas-based variety band with a perfect blend of folk, pop, and soul, at 2 p.m. at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn.

On Sunday, October 27, enjoy live music featuring The Texas Boys Choir performance at 1 p.m. on the DeGolyer Pergola and The Monkey Love Band from 2-4 p.m. on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn.  The Volunteer Advisory Board is onsite to capture keepsake photos (for donation) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. all weekend.  

On Sunday, October 27 at 7 p.m., watch a special night screening of the movie, It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn. Guests are encouraged to bring their own trick or treat bags. Family fun activities are complimentary with paid garden admission.  

Halloween Week at The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

Crawl like a scary spider, slither like a spooky snake or hop like a Halloween frog to the biggest monster mash this side of White Rock Lake. Enjoy Halloween programming all week-long starting Friday. The adventure starts with a creepy creative corner, a spooky scavenger hunt, stick-er-treating and more. 

Trick-or-Treating in the Children’s Adventure Garden
Saturday, October 26 – Sunday, October 27 

Don’t miss out on a special spooky late night at the Halloween Rory Meyer’s Children’s Adventure Garden. There will be tricks and treats at every turn! Costumes encouraged for a festive and frightful costume contest. Be sure to stop by the kooky costume spot in the entry plaza! Awards are given at 8 p.m.

For a complete schedule of events happening in the Children’s Adventure Garden, visit https://www.dallasarboretum.org/visitor-information/gardens-and-pavilions/childrens-adventure-garden/v

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State Fair of Texas: Celebrating Creativity

Big Tex 2018 State Fair of Texas

Celebrating 133 years of tradition in the fall, the State Fair of Texas® returns September 27 – October 20 for another season of food, festivities, and family fun.

Themed “CELEBRATING TEXAS CREATIVITY,” this year’s exposition kicks off on Friday, September 27 in historic Fair Park. With planning for the big event fully underway, the State Fair team is prepping to bring you more fun and entertainment than ever before. Adding to its annual offering of more than 100 free attractions, 70 Midway rides, and endless activities across the fairgrounds, the State Fair is excited to announce several new attractions lined up for the 2019 event.

What’s New at the State Fair of Texas

An all-new family-friendly experience presented by McDonald’s, “¡FIESTAS DE MARIONETAS!” is one of this year’s not-to-miss shows. Surrounded by lights and beautiful landscaping, a small village of more than 85 handmade marionettes come to life to celebrate a fiesta of color, culture, and creativity. Be sure to stick around for the backstage tour and craft activity after the show. Come check it out yourself with daily performances at the McDonald’s Amphitheater on First Avenue. Take a look at more exciting State Fair of Texas Events.

Your ticket to the Fair is your ticket to Texas-sized fun – with hundreds of events included in the price of admission, you’ve got an all-access pass to free entertainment.

Live Music on the Chevy Stage & More!

Photo by Kevin Brown/State Fair of Texas

The State Fair of Texas presents the 2019 Lone Star Music Series, offering FREE daily live music by Texas musicians on four stages across the fairgrounds. In addition to headlining concerts on the Chevrolet Main Stage, enjoy local acts from the DFW area every day of the Fair on the Bud Light Stage, Coca-Cola Stage, Dr Pepper Stage, and Texas Monthly Stage.

Fairgoers can see more than 45 different musical acts representing a wide variety of genres during this year’s 24-day run, all included in the price of admission. With genres ranging from rock & roll to country and jazz to R&B, this year’s Lone Star Music Series offers something for everyone. Listed below are the 2019 show schedules for each stage.

2019 BUD LIGHT STAGE

Centrally located in Cotton Bowl Plaza, the Bud Light Stage features 24 days of music by 24 different local artists, some of whom have even been spotlighted in major publications like Rolling Stone. Daily performance times on the Dr Pepper Stage at 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, and 8:00 p.m.

See who’s playing on the Chevy Main Stage

Discount tickets are available through your concierge. There will be one ticket valid for ALL ages at $13.50 each. However, as a bonus, if you purchase your tickets in the month of September you will get an additional $1 off per ticket making them only $12.50. So, buy your tickets EARLY and save!